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Block of the Week Block 5 Variable Star

Block of the Week Block 5 Variable Star

February is here and we are on Week #5. We have new fabrics for this month's blocks! This week we will making Flying Geese using the 'no waste' method. Your Flying Geese will be slightly oversized for easy trim down.

You will need 3 Colors and a Background Fabric.

Fabric A - Color 1 (Flying Geese)

Fabric B - Color 2 (Flying Geese)

Fabric C - Color 3 (Center)

Fabric D - Background


Fabric A - Cut 1- 7 1/2" square

 Fabric B - Cut 4 - 4" squares

Fabric C - Cut 1 - 6 1/2" square

Fabric D - Cut 4 - 3 1/2" squares


Using a a ¼” Marking tool (such as the Magic Wand by Studio 180) mark the sew lines on the wrong side of the Fabric B – 4” squares. (Note: you can also draw a diagonal line down the center and then sew ¼” on either side of that line, but I find marking the sewing lines makes the flying geese more accurate)

Place 2 of the Fabric B squares, right sides together, on Fabric A square as shown. (**Notice that the Fabric B squares are slightly pulled away from the edges of the Fabric A square)

Sew on the drawn lines.

Cut apart down the center between your sew lines.

Press toward the Fabric B squares.

Place a Fabric B square, right sides together, on each of the above units as shown.

Sew on the drawn lines.

Cut apart down the center of the sew lines.

Press toward Fabric B. You will have 4 slightly oversized Flying Geese.

Trim the 4 Flying Geese units to 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". I prefer the Wing Clipper tool to trim these, as the tool is marked for 10 different size Flying Geese. You can use any ruler, just remember to leave the 1/4" seam allowance so as not to chop off the point of the Flying Geese.

Lay out the block pieces as shown.

Sew the pieces into 3 rows as shown. Press toward the Fabric D background squares and the Fabric C center square.

Sew the 3 rows together to complete block. Press toward the center row.

You did it...the Variable Star (also called the Eight Pointed Star) is complete.

Don't forget to post your picture on the Ruth's Stitchery Facebook page to be entered into the February drawing.





Posted by Beth Spillane

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